Like her father, Gary Carter, Kimmy Bloemers was a catcher. She played at Florida State. He spent most of his Hall of Fame career with the Montreal Expos and the Mets.

The two extended their sports bond in 2009 when Carter was named the baseball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University, where Bloemers has coached the women’s softball team since 2007.

But the joy of coaching on the same campus has given way to the somber reality of Carter’s inoperable brain cancer, a diagnosis he received last May. Since then, Bloemers has been writing an intimate family journal on CaringBridge.org about her father’s illness and how the Carters are being sustained by their Christian faith and his competitive fire.

The diary’s 55 entries, spread over 121 pages, create a continuing narrative of heartbreak and spiritual uplift.

In the postings, Bloemers writes with the exuberance of her famously upbeat father — a devoted younger daughter who says she copes with the grimness of her father’s decline with Biblical quotations, music, family meals and the generosity of friends and neighbors.

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